The most important thing to do is understand that we all have the Right to Make Choices. And, even if a person has a lot of trouble making decisions, it doesn’t always mean he or she needs a guardian. Once you make that commitment:
- Think about the type of decisions you or the person you support need help making, and the type of help needed.
- Talk to people who can help and discuss what type of help is needed and when.
- Then, when the person needs to make a decision and needs help to understand it, the person and supporter get together so the person can get the help and make the decision.
- You may want to, but don’t have to, create a written plan saying the people who will provide support, when they will provide it, and how. And you may want to share that plan with others.
- So, if you want your sister to support you in making medical decisions, you’d write up a plan between you and your sister saying she’ll help you do that and how. Then you could share that plan with your doctor, so the doctor knows that your sister is a part of your health care “team.”
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